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US, Peru Assess Efforts to Tackle Illegal Logging Under Trade Accord

October 4, 2018

In late September, an interagency US committee issued a report via the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) that deemed that while Peru has made valuable headway in its forest ma... READ MORE

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US, Japanese Leaders Announce Plans to Negotiate Bilateral Trade Deal

September 27, 2018

US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe issued a joint statement from New York on Wednesday 26 September where they announced plans to start formal negotiations for a bilat... READ MORE

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US President, Mexican President-Elect Consider NAFTA Next Steps

July 5, 2018

Mexico’s left-wing presidential candidate, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, won national elections on Sunday 1 July, setting the stage for the Morena Party leader to take office in... READ MORE

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NAFTA Officials Indicate Plans for Resuming Talks, One Month After Missing Informal Deadline

June 21, 2018

One month after negotiators from Canada, Mexico, and the United States were unable to meet an informal deadline for modernising the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), talks are reportedly... READ MORE

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NAFTA Ministerial Concludes, Negotiators Press to Address Remaining Issues This Week

May 17, 2018

High-level talks last week to revise the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) closed without any major breakthrough in efforts to reach an agreement in principle, with trade ministers pledgi... READ MORE

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NAFTA Talks at Pivotal Point as Ministers Resume Work in Washington

May 9, 2018

Negotiators from Canada, Mexico, and the US have resumed high-level discussions aimed at bringing talks for updating their North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to a successful close, with of... READ MORE

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NAFTA Ministers Ramp Up Efforts to Clinch Deal Within Weeks

April 26, 2018

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) members have undertaken a series of high-level meetings over the past week, in a bid to accelerate and finalise talks to update the 24-year-old trade... READ MORE

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US Officials Look to Next Steps on Trade Negotiating Agenda

April 19, 2018

The past week has seen a series of potential signals from the US on next steps for different trade negotiating processes, amid varying statements from US President Donald Trump on whether he may pu... READ MORE

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NAFTA Countries Weigh Timing for Deal "In Principle"

April 12, 2018

Negotiators working to update the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) are looking at whether they could announce an agreement “in principle” within the coming weeks, though vari... READ MORE

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Preparations for Post-Brexit Trade Deals Continue with US, Australia

March 29, 2018

Trade officials from the United Kingdom have been meeting with their US and Australian counterparts over the past fortnight to continue setting the stage for deeper economic ties and possible trade... READ MORE

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South Korea, US Clinch Agreement in Principle to Update KORUS Trade Pact

March 29, 2018

Seoul and Washington have reached an agreement “in principle” that would revise the Korea-US Free Trade Agreement (KORUS), South Korea’s trade ministry confirmed this week. The te... READ MORE

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US-Korea Trade Talks Continue with Steel Tariffs in the Background

March 22, 2018

Negotiators from the US and South Korea met last week in Washington to continue discussions on amending their free trade agreement, known also as the KORUS FTA. The talks come at a time of heighten... READ MORE

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NAFTA Countries Close Out Three More Chapters as Political Calendars Tighten Up

March 8, 2018

Trade negotiators from Canada, Mexico, and the United States finished work on three more chapters of an updated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) during their seventh round of talks in Me... READ MORE

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Fixing NAFTA’s institutional deficit

March 7, 2018

The renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) provides a path for institutional innovation. This post argues that the institutions that were created by NAFTA have either... READ MORE

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The G20 and reimagining global rule-making for trade and climate action

March 5, 2018

Trade and climate change are inextricably intertwined. Yet the trade and climate regimes are set for a collision that could undermine their legitimacy and efficiency. This post argues that a hi... READ MORE

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Australian Prime Minister Touts Rules-Based Trading System, Future Cooperation on US Visit

March 1, 2018

Last week, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull travelled to Washington for a series of meetings on economic cooperation, outlining his views on the future of trade in the Asia-Pacific and of... READ MORE

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EU Officials: US Participation in Paris Climate Deal Key for Resuming Trade Talks

February 15, 2018

Officials from some EU member states and the bloc’s executive branch have affirmed in recent weeks that the US’ continued participation in the UN’s Paris Agreement on climate chan... READ MORE

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Trudeau, Freeland Make Case for NAFTA As Trade Negotiators Prepare for Next Round

February 15, 2018

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau concluded a trip to the US this past weekend to discuss trade and other areas of cooperation with state and local leaders, touting the potential for an update... READ MORE

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NAFTA Parties Wrap Up Anti-Corruption Chapter, Acknowledge Continued Divides

February 1, 2018

Ministers from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) countries said on Monday 29 January that they had essentially wrapped up a chapter on anti-corruption and advanced in various other ne... READ MORE

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South Korea sees speedy trade talks with U.S., but 'uphill battle' ahead

January 8, 2018

South Korea’s trade ministry said on Monday it anticipates an “uphill battle” to revise its bilateral trade deal with the United States, but it expects Washington to proceed with... READ MORE

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Canada-US Softwood Lumber Row Escalates With Filing of NAFTA, WTO Cases

December 7, 2017

The past couple of weeks have seen a series of developments in the long-running US-Canada row over softwood lumber trade. Canada has lately launched cases under the North American Free Trade Agreem... READ MORE

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US Announces Move to Bar Timber Imports from Peruvian Company, Citing Illegal Logging Concerns

October 26, 2017

The US is set to use a provision in its trade accord with Peru to bar entry to imported timber from Inversiones La Oroza, a Peruvian exporter, according to an announcement from the Office of the US... READ MORE

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US Trade Rep Outlines Expectations for NAFTA, WTO, EU Ties

September 21, 2017

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told a Washington audience this week that trade watchers should “expect change, expect new approaches, and expect action” in the current Trump... READ MORE

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Three reasons Donald Trump is struggling to deliver his trade agenda

September 11, 2017

A theme that emerged in Washington this summer was Donald Trump’s growing frustration with his stalled trade agenda. And with good reason. One of the president’s biggest economic campaign promises was... READ MORE

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Lighthizer Lays Out US Trade Policy Agenda, NAFTA Hearings Get Underway

June 29, 2017

US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer discussed with lawmakers the Trump administration’s trade policy priorities for the coming year, covering areas such as the renegotiation of t... READ MORE

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US, New Zealand Officials Look to Deepen Trade Ties

June 22, 2017

US and New Zealand officials are exploring options to deepen bilateral trade ties, with the possibility of formal trade talks being floated. New Zealand Trade Minister Todd McClay met with US trade... READ MORE

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New data shows US loss from TPP withdrawal

June 21, 2017

The US will lose an estimated US$3.1bn from its exports due to its Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) withdrawal, a new study shows. Meanwhile the remaining 11 members would enjoy marginal gains from the... READ MORE

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Germany’s Merkel vows not to give up on US free trade deal

June 20, 2017

Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed Tuesday to seek a broad agreement on trade at next month’s Group of 20 summit and told German business leaders that she won’t give up on a free-trade deal between Europe... READ MORE

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US and UK to start trade talks next month to ensure deal soon after Brexit

June 20, 2017

The trade talks with the US will kick off next month as British officials start to scope out plans for a deal, with the aim of setting up a free trade agreement as soon as possible after Brexit. Liam... READ MORE

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The Art of the Trade Deal: Quantifying the benefits of a TPP without the United States

June 13, 2017

This report uses econometric modelling and analysis to examine how Canada and other TPP signatories would fare under a TPP11; what the U.S. stands to lose; and, how the agreement would affect diffe... READ MORE

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U.S. pork industry chief eager for early trade deal with Japan after Trump’s TPP withdrawal

June 13, 2017

A U.S. pork industry leader has expressed strong hopes to see Washington and Tokyo quickly strike a free trade agreement, following the decision by President Donald Trump to withdraw America from the... READ MORE

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US, Mexico Clinch "Agreement in Principle" On Sugar Trade

June 8, 2017

Economic officials from the US and Mexico announced on Tuesday 6 June that they had reached a draft deal to prevent trade remedies planned by Washington on imported Mexican sugar, capping a prolong... READ MORE

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Hopes of EU-US trade agreement put on ice, say Brussels sources

June 5, 2017

The prospect of a revived EU-US trade deal is in “deep freeze”, according to Brussels sources, undermining reports that the EU has been inching ahead of the UK in the race for an arrangement with Wash... READ MORE

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Agriculture in the NAFTA Renegotiation

June 1, 2017

Despite agriculture’s modest contribution to GDP in all three partner countries, agricultural issues will be a thorny aspect of the NAFTA renegotiation—just as they are in other trade a... READ MORE

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Streamlining Rules of Origin in NAFTA

June 1, 2017

After promising last year to terminate US participation in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), President Donald Trump has opted for renegotiation in several areas, including in the &ld... READ MORE

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Trade Balances and the NAFTA Renegotiation

June 1, 2017

The Trump administration’s strategy toward trade agreements in general, and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in particular, is fundamentally misplaced for two reasons: (1) its... READ MORE

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US, EU Officials to Examine Next Steps for Trade Ties

June 1, 2017

The US and the EU are planning to develop a “joint action plan” on trade, reports suggest, after leaders met in Brussels, Belgium, late last week. US President Donald Trump met with Eur... READ MORE

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US Trade Rep Notifies Congress of NAFTA Negotiation Plans

May 24, 2017

US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer notified Congress last week of the planned renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), kicking off a 90-day period before talk... READ MORE

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100 Plus Days of Trade Policy: A Review of Key Administration Actions

May 16, 2017

The Trump administration has issued a wide array of often technical executive actions, “self-initiated” investigations, and other steps related to trade since taking office just over a... READ MORE

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US, Canada Weigh Next Steps in Softwood Lumber Trade Spat

May 11, 2017

The preliminary determination reached by the US Department of Commerce last month to levy countervailing duties on Canadian softwood lumber imports has been met with reports of potential Canadian t... READ MORE

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Trump Orders Trade Deal Review, Continues NAFTA and South Korea Renegotiation Push

May 4, 2017

US President Donald Trump issued an executive order last weekend ordering a review of all trade deals involving the United States, which he said would play a role in keeping “jobs and wealth... READ MORE

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Asia’s dynamism at risk in US and China’s competing visions for global trade

May 3, 2017

Donald Trump, US president, asserts that “protection will lead to great prosperity and strength”. In contrast, President Xi Jinping of China insists that “we must promote trade and investment, liberal... READ MORE

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Donald Trump takes aim at Canada

April 29, 2017

Attacks on dairy farmers and loggers are the opening shots in a bigger confrontation over trade READ MORE

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Trump: ‘We may terminate’ U.S.-South Korea trade agreement

April 28, 2017

President Trump threatened to terminate the U.S. trade agreement with South Korea in an interview Thursday night, declaring that the five-year-old accord with a key ally was “a horrible deal” that has... READ MORE

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US Officials Eye Next Steps on Trade with Europe, Japan, NAFTA Partners

April 27, 2017

The past weeks have seen a flurry of trade activity in Washington and beyond, including a trip by US Vice President Mike Pence to Asia; meetings between top American and European trade officials; a... READ MORE

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US Vice President: Washington Looking to Upgrade Korea Trade Deal

April 27, 2017

The US is hoping to launch negotiations with South Korea on upgrading their five-year-old trade deal, also known as the KORUS FTA, according to comments made by US Vice President Mike Pence during... READ MORE

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Why Is Trump Risking a Trade War With Canada?

April 26, 2017

The president has softened some of his tough talk toward China and Mexico, transferring it to Canada and disputes over softwood lumber and dairy products. Donald Trump is not the first U.S. president... READ MORE

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Trade After the Trans-Pacific Partnership

April 3, 2017

In mid-March, ministers and high-level representatives from nations that have signed on to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, as well as China, Colombia and South Korea, met for the first time since the T... READ MORE

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Mexico Ready to Play the Corn Card in Trade Talks

April 2, 2017

From the hundreds of millions of tortillas consumed every year to the countless tons of corn-enriched feed that fattens livestock and poultry, corn is perhaps Mexico’s most important agricultural comm... READ MORE

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A Nod to NAFTA

March 31, 2017

After months of charged rhetoric on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a draft letter to Congress from the Trump administration appears to signal a willingness for constructive engagemen... READ MORE

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The Big TPP Meeting in Chile, Explained

March 14, 2017

On the third day of this presidency, Donald Trump signed an executive order formally withdrawing the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade agreement resulting from over five years of... READ MORE

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Vietnam Looks for Trade Deal with US

March 14, 2017

Vietnam is seeking a trade deal with the United States to replace the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement. Official media in Vietnam say Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc spoke to a del... READ MORE

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Trump threatens to tear up the trade rule book

February 27, 2017

The framework of rules for global trade has withstood some fearsome ructions over the past few years. The rise of China, which aroused resentment about job losses across the world; the global financia... READ MORE

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Can Mexico Retaliate Against US Trade Actions?

February 15, 2017

The debate over imposing a 20 percent border adjustment tax against Mexico has raised a number of questions, but one of the most imponderable is whether and how Mexico might retaliate should such a... READ MORE

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US Trade Policy Options in the Pacific Basin: Bigger Is Better

February 15, 2017

As promised throughout the campaign, one of the first acts carried out by President Donald Trump was to order the US Trade Representative to withdraw formally from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TP... READ MORE

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Abe not ruling out bilateral free trade pact with U.S.

February 14, 2017

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday did not rule out negotiating a bilateral free trade agreement with the United States, a framework preferred by U.S. President Donald Trump but viewed with... READ MORE

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Trump: ‘We’ll be tweaking’ NAFTA

February 14, 2017

President Trump struck a softer tone on trade Monday, saying his administration will be “tweaking” the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in a way that will be a boon for both the United Stat... READ MORE

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TPP Signatories Consider Next Steps Following US Withdrawal

February 9, 2017

Various meetings between ministers from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries are on the docket in the coming weeks, as the remaining signatories of the Pacific Rim accord weigh their next... READ MORE

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Trump is ready to renegotiate NAFTA. Here’s what that might look like

February 9, 2017

Donald Trump campaigned for the presidency by deriding NAFTA, the free trade pact between the US, Canada, and Mexico, as a job killer and “the worst trade deal maybe ever signed anywhere, but certainl... READ MORE

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Brazil, Argentina Push for Closer Trade with Mexico in Trump Era

February 7, 2017

The leaders of Brazil and Argentina said on Tuesday they would pursue closer ties with Mexico and other Latin American nations alarmed by U.S. President Donald Trump's promises to tear apart trade dea... READ MORE

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Officials Consider the US-South Korea Free Trade Deal

February 7, 2017

American business leaders are urging South Korean leaders to increase market access to U.S. companies seeking to sell goods in South Korea. The business leaders want to persuade U.S. President Donald... READ MORE

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The International Trade Commission’s Assessment of the Trans-Pacific Partnership: Main Findings and Implications

February 7, 2017

In May of 2016 the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) issued its assessment of the impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). This paper highlights the main findings of the ITC... READ MORE

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Here's what Donald Trump could want from Canada on NAFTA

February 3, 2017

Wondering what the Americans might want from Canada in a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement? Multiple clues might be embedded in a document published by the U.S. government. READ MORE

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Theresa May: UK, US Setting Stage for Possible Trade Talks

February 2, 2017

The United Kingdom and the United States are examining how to move ahead with preliminary trade negotiations, according to UK Prime Minister Theresa May, who met with her American counterpart last... READ MORE

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Trump, Abe to Discuss Potential Bilateral Deal and TPP at Washington Summit

February 2, 2017

US President Donald Trump has announced plans to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Washington to discuss trade and security matters in what will be the first face-to-face talks betwee... READ MORE

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Trump Begins Setting US Trade Policy Course During First Week in Office

January 26, 2017

"The first week of Donald J. Trump's presidency of the United States has included both executive action and plans for meetings focused on trade, giving some early signals of the possible d... READ MORE

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Abe, Turnbull Highlight Commitment to TPP, Trade Ties in Bilateral Talks

January 19, 2017

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met in Sydney last weekend to discuss a host of trade issues, including their plans to move forward with the Trans-... READ MORE

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Trump's Trade Agenda Would Turn Back the Clock to Another Age

December 22, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump and his economic team are threatening to dynamite the foundations of global trade that have underpinned decades of growth, with potentially dire consequences for the econo... READ MORE

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ASEAN's regional trade pact gaining growing momentum

December 15, 2016

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership has come into the global spotlight with the imminent demise of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. And the conclusion of the 16th round of RCEP neg... READ MORE

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Vietnam Pivots Away from US-Led Trade Zone as Trump Preps for Office

December 12, 2016

Vietnamese officials once excited by joining the U.S.-led Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), a sweeping Pacific Rim trade zone, are looking instead to other deals that would stimulate their export-depen... READ MORE

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Is it US v China in trade pacts?

December 11, 2016

In one corner, there is the United States; in the other, China. The sole superpower trying to maintain its top position versus a dormant giant now increasingly ready to assume what it deems its rightf... READ MORE

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Malaysia’s trade policy post–TPP

December 10, 2016

Malaysia’s trade with the United States has been in decline. But with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement dead in the water, what is next for Malaysia’s trade agenda? READ MORE

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The Future Of The 14 Free Trade Agreements America Has Under Trump

December 7, 2016

There has been much focus on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and free trade agreements in general, especially in the U.S. during the recent presidential election. With the recently ele... READ MORE

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TPP Can Be Fixed If You Know What’s Wrong with It

December 5, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump confirmed on November 21, 2016 that he would withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on day one of his administration. Opposition to the TPP was a central theme... READ MORE

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Making US Trade and Investment Policies Work for Global Development

November 30, 2016

This Policy Brief reviews US trade and investment policy programs focused on global development, such as the Generalized System of Preferences and the African Growth and Opportunity Act, and conclu... READ MORE

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Globalisation by stealth: the quiet success of EU-Japan trade talks

November 29, 2016

Much horror and perturbation among the Asia-Pacific countries meeting earlier this month in Lima at Donald Trump’s threat to pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the proposed regional trade agre... READ MORE

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If NAFTA gets the ax under Trump, American workers and consumers would get hurt too

November 29, 2016

Mexico's finance minister José Antonio Meade touted the benefits of the North American Free Trade Agreement during a trip to the United Kingdom, the Financial Times reported Monday. NAFTA is currently... READ MORE

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The truth about trade agreements – and why we need them

November 29, 2016

Trade agreements involving the US could be the first economic casualty of the 2016 election. The existing US trade agreements rose from the ashes of WWII and the Great Depression. This column argue... READ MORE

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Asia-Pacific Leaders Consider Next Steps for TPP Accord

November 24, 2016

US President-elect Donald Trump confirmed on Monday that he would be pulling the United States out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) upon taking office, in a move that has left fellow Asia-Pac... READ MORE

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Japan forced to rethink TPP strategy

November 22, 2016

The Japanese government will likely be driven into a corner over the Trans-Pacific Partnership, in response to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s announcement of his intention to exit the free trade... READ MORE

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Don’t allow TPP trade agreement to be sent back to drawing board

November 21, 2016

In moving toward the realization of comprehensive trade and investment rules that are unprecedented anywhere else, the preparedness of participating countries is tested once again. A meeting of the le... READ MORE

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APEC Summit: Xi Jinping pledges economic openness as leaders seek free trade options

November 20, 2016

Chinese President Xi Jinping has pledged to further open China's economy, as leaders of Asia-Pacific countries sought new trade options at this year's APEC meeting in Peru. The summit comes just over... READ MORE

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Asia-Pacific Summit Closes With Call to Work for Free Trade

November 20, 2016

Leaders of 21 Asia-Pacific nations ended their annual summit Sunday with a call to resist protectionism amid signs of increased free-trade skepticism, highlighted by the victory of Donald Trump in the... READ MORE

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As New "Trump" Reality Sinks In, Questions Grow Over Future Trade Policy

November 17, 2016

Just over one week after the news that Donald Trump will serve as the next president of the United States, key trading partners are working to prepare for the change in leadership in the world&rsqu... READ MORE

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TPP Could Go Forward without the United States

November 15, 2016

The election of Donald Trump has closed the door to consideration of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) during the lame duck session of Congress this year. During the campaign, Trump vowed to rip... READ MORE

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Canada open to renegotiating free trade with Trump

November 12, 2016

Canada’s ambassador to Washington said Wednesday that Canada is open to renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement if that’s what President-elect Donald Trump wants. Ambassador David MacNau... READ MORE

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Obama administration suspends Pacific trade deal vote effort

November 11, 2016

U.S. President Barack Obama's administration has suspended its efforts to win congressional approval for his Asian free-trade deal before President-elect Donald Trump takes office, saying on Friday th... READ MORE

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TPP ratification down to the wire in waning Obama White House

November 8, 2016

No matter who prevails in Tuesday’s presidential election, the U.S. ambassador to Canada says President Barack Obama is determined to win an uphill fight to get congressional approval of the controver... READ MORE

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What Would A Trump Victory Mean For UK Businesses Trading With The US?

November 7, 2016

It’s been a long time since trade was such a hot button topic when talking politics. Tip O’Neill, a former Speaker of the US House of Representatives, often used to say that “all politics is local” an... READ MORE

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Why Americans Aren’t Nearly as Protectionist as Election Rhetoric Suggests

November 4, 2016

A popular but wildly incorrect narrative has taken hold during the 2016 election cycle—that both candidates’ anti-trade rhetoric is the product of a mass revolt against free trade agreements. As appea... READ MORE

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US Trade Officials Prepare for a Post-Election Landscape on TPP

November 3, 2016

With less than one week remaining until US voters go to the polls, officials both from the current Obama administration as well as from other Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries are ramping u... READ MORE

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New softwood lumber trade war with US worries northern Ontario forest workers

October 12, 2016

Mill workers and mill towns across northern Ontario are fearing the start of another trade war with the US over softwood lumber. That's because the trade deal that helped stabilize the shaky wood busi... READ MORE

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U.S. Is Rare Bright Spot in Southeast Asia as China Exports Drop

October 6, 2016

After years of looking to China as a source of growth, Southeast Asian countries are turning their attention back to the world’s largest economy on the other side of the Pacific Ocean. READ MORE

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US-Africa trade relationship in focus at AGOA forum

September 29, 2016

On 22-26 September, African and US ministers, trade officials, civil society, and business sector representatives gathered in Washington D.C. to discuss the implementation of the African Growth and... READ MORE

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Trump, Clinton target trade deals at a time when globalization is stalling

September 27, 2016

The steady march of globalization that powered the world economy for the past 30 years is stalling out at a time when leading political figures in the United States and elsewhere have become increasin... READ MORE

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EU, North American Officials Push Trade Deals Ahead of Key Meeting

September 22, 2016

Trade officials from the EU, Canada, and the United States have been pushing two major international accords over the past week, aiming to make a compelling case in time for a key meeting of Europe... READ MORE

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Who Hates Free Trade Treaties? Surprisingly, Not Voters

September 21, 2016

Few issues in this campaign cycle seem as toxic as trade: Both major-party presidential candidates oppose President Obama’s 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership, and congressional leaders, having refus... READ MORE

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Appraising the TPP: What Should We Care About?

September 20, 2016

It appears likely that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will come up for a vote in the lame duck session to be held after the presidential elections. How should we judge if it is a good deal?READ MORE

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Obama Pushes TPP Case in Asia, Despite Difficult Landscape at Home

September 15, 2016

US President Barack Obama continued to make the case for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) during a visit to Asia last week, warning of the risk to his country’s leadership prospects abroad... READ MORE

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Canada feels anti-trade winds blowing from the south

August 22, 2016

The US presidential election is looming large at the Canadian government's summer retreat, with US trade ties among the discussion points for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet. READ MORE

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Key ingredients of opposition to free trade? Prejudice and nationalism

August 22, 2016

Economic globalization hasn’t won any popularity contests this summer. After 25 million primary voters supported the protectionist rhetoric of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, both parties’ national c... READ MORE

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Why Critics Of Free Trade Are Talking China, Not NAFTA

August 18, 2016

When Donald Trump delivered his big economic speech in Detroit earlier this month, free trade — and the harm it has allegedly done to U.S. workers — was at the center of his agenda. And one country in... READ MORE

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Obama Defends Trans-Pacific Deal Against Strong Anti-Trade Tide

August 2, 2016

Battling a powerful anti-trade tide, President Obama vowed on Tuesday to continue pressing for his historic trans-Pacific trade deal over opposition from both Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump, sayi... READ MORE

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US Exit from WTO Would Unravel Global Trade

July 26, 2016

In his latest attack on US trade policy, Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump has threatened to exit the 163-country World Trade Organization (WTO), which the United States played a le... READ MORE

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U.K. Trade Chief Seeks to Calm U.S. Jitters Over Brexit

July 25, 2016

The U.K.’s top trade official sought to assure Americans on Monday that London wants to preserve and advance close economic ties as the country moves to exit the European Union. READ MORE

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U.S./Mexico Presidents Pledge More Trade; No Wall

July 25, 2016

President Barack Obama and Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto outlined a series of trade and commerce efforts, including pushing for approval of the trans-Pacific pact, they said would further ceme... READ MORE

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How Long Does It Take to Conclude a Trade Agreement With the US?

July 22, 2016

Will the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) pass this year? If not, when? With Brexit on the horizon, how long would a US-UK free trade agreement (FTA) really take? With these questions percolating, a... READ MORE

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Following Leadership Change, UK Officials Test Waters on Future Trade Deals

July 21, 2016

The new government of UK Prime Minister Theresa May has begun exploring possible options for trade deals with third countries, officials say, though the process to formally launch exit negotiations... READ MORE

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US Republican Party Platform Outlines Trade Approach, Lambasts Obama Climate Agenda

July 21, 2016

The Republican National Convention (RNC) adopted the final version of its “pla... READ MORE

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TransCanada takes next step in NAFTA case on Keystone pipeline

July 15, 2016

Canadian energy giant TransCanada has now filed a request for investor-state arbitration in connection with the US government’s rejection last year of its application to build the cross-borde... READ MORE

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Draft US Democratic Party Platform Notes Mixed Feelings on TPP

July 7, 2016

Lawmakers from the US Democratic Party wish to see trade deals that feature stronger environmental and labour protections, while having mixed feelings on the merits of the 12-country Trans-Pacific... READ MORE

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‘A midsummer night’s nightmare’ for European trade

June 27, 2016

The U.K.’s decision to leave the EU means the loss of a major political and economic partner with a history of championing free trade at a critical moment for a mammoth agreement being negotiated with... READ MORE

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Free trade will not have an ally in the White House next year

June 26, 2016

When Donald Trump rode down his golden escalator and announced his run for the US presidency last summer, few may have recognised the official end of the era of free-trade politics. Mr Trump has made... READ MORE

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Trade priority for the next administration: US-UK free trade agreement

June 25, 2016

Brexit blah blah blah – what should the US do? One answer may be to immediately reorient trade policy toward a US-UK free trade agreement, perhaps to be followed by a US-EU agreement and others. There... READ MORE

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TPP: The New Gold Standard for Intellectual Property Protection in Trade Agreements?

June 3, 2016

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, with its emphasis on dismantling behind-the-border trade restrictions and on fostering regulatory coherence, is often referred to as the new “gold stand... READ MORE

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Obama "Confident" of TPP Passage, Touting Trade Benefits During Asia Trip

May 25, 2016

US President Barack Obama said on Monday that he is “confident” that his country’s Congress will be able to ratify a sweeping 12-country trade deal, even as election politics and... READ MORE

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Make America Trade Again

May 23, 2016

No matter how much some US presidential candidates may deride free trade, it remains the backbone of the American economy. Without it, the country would become significantly poorer and its global infl... READ MORE

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EU Trade Ministers Review Next Steps for US, Canada Pacts

May 19, 2016

The European Commission has confirmed plans to submit a proposal to the European Council in June for signing the 28-nation bloc’s trade deal with Canada, amid continued questions over the pac... READ MORE

NEWS

Questions Loom for TPP Timing as Rhetoric Escalates on US Campaign Trail

May 12, 2016

Two months ahead of the nominating conventions for the US’ main political parties, the remaining presidential contenders continue to escalate their rhetoric on trade deals, including the Tran... READ MORE

NEWS

EU, US Negotiators Push for 2016 Deal, Though "TTIP Light" Not an Option

May 4, 2016

Negotiators for an EU-US trade and investment deal concluded their thirteenth round of talks on Friday, with both sides reiterating their wishes to conclude an agreement this year, so long as it do... READ MORE

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EU not to let TTIP weaken food safety standards: agriculture commissioner

April 16, 2016

European Union (EU) agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan ruled out that the bloc will let the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) to weaken EU standards and regulations on food produ... READ MORE

NEWS

EU, US Trade Chiefs Press for TTIP Advances Despite Election, Brexit Dynamic

March 24, 2016

Clinching an ambitious bilateral trade and investment pact in the near term remains a key strategic and economic priority, said the US’ and EU’s top trade officials last week, while ack... READ MORE

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Malcorra reveals free-trade deal talks

March 15, 2016

Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra has revealed the Mercosur regional trade bloc is discussing the possibility of signing a free-trade agreement with the United States, barely a week before US President... READ MORE

NEWS

The End of Free Trade?

March 15, 2016

The debate on trade in the U.S. presidential election should concern Korea because trade has come under fire from the left and right. On the left, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders blames the North American... READ MORE

RESEARCH

What the TPP means for Latin America and the Caribbean

March 9, 2016

On February 4, 2016, after five years of negotiations, the members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) signed the trade pact, considered to be the highest standard trade agreement to d... READ MORE

RESEARCH

Adjustment and Income Distribution Impacts of the Trans-Pacific Partnership

March 1, 2016

The authors estimate the adjustment costs of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on workers and compare these costs with the agreement's benefits. They also estimate its impact on the distribut... READ MORE

NEWS

Trade, Economic Ties in Focus as US, ASEAN Leaders Meet

February 18, 2016

Regional trade and economic ties were high on the agenda during a two-day summit of US and Southeast Asian leaders in the California resort of Sunnylands, held from 15-16 February. 

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RESEARCH

Assessing the Trans-Pacific Partnership Volume 1: Market Access and Sectoral Issues

February 1, 2016

After five and a half years of negotiations, the Barack Obama administration concluded the most ambitious free trade deal of the postwar era on October 5, 2015. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)... READ MORE

RESEARCH

Studies of TPP: Which is Credible?

January 29, 2016

To decide which of these studies is more credible, three questions should be asked: First, is the model that is used appropriate for exploring trade policy? Second, has the TPP been depicted in tha... READ MORE

NEWS

TPP will help create jobs and boost global growth

January 19, 2016

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and U.S. President Barack Obama will sit down at the White House to discuss a number of crucial issues from security to the economy. On the economy, they wil... READ MORE

NEWS

Obama Renews Call for TPP Ratification in Final State of the Union Speech

January 14, 2016

US President Barack Obama openly called upon domestic lawmakers to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement, referring once more to the need for Washington to play a leading role in set... READ MORE

NEWS

South Africa, US Settle Poultry Row, Averting AGOA Suspension

January 14, 2016

South Africa and the US reached an agreement last week on the technical issues which have been blocking US meat – essentially poultry, pork and beef – imports into the African country.&... READ MORE

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ASEAN at court in Sunnylands

January 6, 2016

At the ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur, in November, President Obama reached out to elevate the United States–ASEAN relationship to a ‘strategic partnership’ and invited ASEAN Leaders to a summit that, i... READ MORE

NEWS

The TPP Train Could Still Get Derailed

January 6, 2016

Three months ago, trade negotiators pulled an all-nighter and wrapped up discussions on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in Atlanta. There was much rejoicing, as it had been just over seven years s... READ MORE

RESEARCH

The Economic Effects of the Trans-Pacific Partnership: New Estimates

January 1, 2016

This Working Paper estimates the effects of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) using a comprehensive, quantitative trade model, updating results reported in Petri, Plummer, and Zhai (201... READ MORE

NEWS

U.S. Election Debate Complicates Passage of Pacific Trade Pact

December 28, 2015

An international trade agreement embraced by President Barack Obama and the Republican-controlled Congress is drawing fire from many presidential candidates, illustrating the populist shift of both pa... READ MORE

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Lawmakers strike deal on key trade legislation

December 9, 2015

House and Senate lawmakers on Wednesday announced a deal that would bolster U.S. customs enforcement, among the key trade items on President Obama’s legislative agenda. After months of behind-the-scen... READ MORE

NEWS

What’s Next for the U.S. Export-Import Bank?

December 8, 2015

President Barack Obama signed legislation on Friday that reauthorizes the U.S. Export-Import Bank for four more years. Fred Hochberg, the chairman of the agency, which finances American exports, spoke... READ MORE

RESEARCH

President’s Proposed Reorganization of Trade Agencies

December 1, 2015

On January 13, 2012, President Obama released a proposed reorganization of the federal bureaucracy, which would see the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (UST... READ MORE

RESEARCH

US Efforts to Ensure that Regulation Does Not Present Trade Barriers

November 5, 2015

Making domestic regulation more coherent and expanding cooperation between regulators has the promise of lowering the unnecessary costs of regulation for companies and consumers and thus translatin... READ MORE

RESEARCH

Beyond TPP: Sharing an Economic Strategy in Asia

November 1, 2015

This paper discussed the need for the United States to have a comprehensive economic strategy toward the Asia-Pacific, a region that will do more to determine U.S. interests over coming decades tha... READ MORE

RESEARCH

Southeast Asia's Geopolitical Centrality and the US-Japan Alliance

June 1, 2015

Building on a careful analysis of Southeast Asia’s recent history, politics, economics, and place within the Asia Pacific, this report looks forward two decades to anticipate the development... READ MORE

RESEARCH

Opportunities in Strengthening Trade Assistance

February 1, 2015

This report focuses on how projects to build trade capacity can be planned and coordinated to maximize the benefits of new trade agreements, both for the United States and its partners.

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What Economic Models Tel Us About the TPP

February 1, 2015

Using econometric methods this article analyzes how the TPP will effect 18 production sectors in 24 countries over a 15 year time horizon.

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Investor-State Dispute Settlement

January 1, 2015

This report is an empirical review of ISDS, based on the record of disputes under existing investment treaties.

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Political Timetables for US Free Trade Agreements

December 1, 2014

This piece looks at the time lag between FTA negotiations and implementation, focusing on United States Free Trade Agreements.

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The problem with TTIP

May 1, 2014

Most economists cheer the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership that the EU is currently negotiating with the US. This column argues it is a pity that TTIP and other mega-regional agreeme... READ MORE

RESEARCH

NAFTA at 20: Misleading Charges and Positive Acheivements

April 1, 2014

This Policy Brief analyzes the record of NAFTA in order to clear the air so that the benefits and challenges of trade can be examined objectively. In the last 20 years, trade, investment, and econo... READ MORE

RESEARCH

U.S. Investment Policy Doesn’t Need another Public Review

March 1, 2014

In a February 28 letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, a set of interest groups invited him to join his EU counterparts and “embark upon a thorough, open, public consultation pr... READ MORE

RESEARCH

“No Big Deal” says Krugman

March 1, 2014

In an op-ed for the New York Times, Paul Krugman calls the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) “No big deal”. This column looks at Krugman’s main arguments against the TPP, and looks... READ MORE

RESEARCH

Canada: A leader in the Americas?

February 1, 2014

On February 19, U.S. president Barack Obama, Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto, and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will meet in Toluca, Mexico for the 2014 North American Leaders... READ MORE

RESEARCH

Achieving Trade Promotion Authority Will Require a Heavy Lift from the President

January 1, 2014

Most observers agree the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement will be tough to conclude because of the high-standard, comprehensive nature of the 12-country accord and the diversity of n... READ MORE

RESEARCH

Addressing Currency Manipulation Through Trade Agreements

January 1, 2014

The Policy Brief discusses the possibility of addressing currency manipulation and the subsequent effects on the US dollar and other currencies around the world. The paper outlines how the TPP and... READ MORE

RESEARCH

Deepen Economic Ties to Turkey

January 1, 2014

The authors writes the U.S. should continue pursuing a more ambitious agenda with Turkey, given Turkey’s importance for U.S. interests and the U.S. goal that Turkey anchor itself with the Wes... READ MORE

RESEARCH

Southeast Asia from Scott Circle

January 1, 2014

Most observers agree the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement will be tough to conclude because of the high-standard, comprehensive nature of the 12-country accord and the diversity of n... READ MORE

RESEARCH

20 Years of NAFTA: What’s Next for North America?

December 1, 2013

On January 1, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will celebrate its twentieth anniversary. Today, North America is more deeply interconnected than ever before—largely as a result... READ MORE

RESEARCH

The New North American Trade Map

November 1, 2013

Next month marks the 20th anniversary of the ratification of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The world economy looked quite a bit different in 1993 than it does today—the Int... READ MORE

RESEARCH

International Business Quarterly: Trade Promotion Authority and Global Value Chains

July 1, 2013

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman has been clear that President Obama will seek Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus and House Ways and Means Committ... READ MORE

RESEARCH

The Challenges and Opportunities of International Trade: Past, Present, and Future

July 1, 2013

The administration is engaged in negotiations that go far beyond our nation’s vast expanses, Atlantic and Pacific, as well as our northern and southern borders. This demonstrates vividly that... READ MORE

RESEARCH

How Can Trade Policy Help America Compete?

October 1, 2012

This policy brief argues that the United States needs new initiatives that discipline foreign practices, increase access to foreign markets, revitalize the World Trade Organization (WTO), improve t... READ MORE

RESEARCH

Prospects for Services Trade Negotiations

October 1, 2012

Trade and investment in services are difficult to measure, and the regulatory barriers that inhibit the free flow of services are hard to quantify. As a result, very little attention has been paid... READ MORE